2012 part 3 – Big plans

February 6, 2012

Continued from 2012 part 2 – From sea to sea to sea The big news of the 2011 was probably the National Ship Procurement Strategy. The much heralded NSPS is a great step forward, in the fact that the government recognized, after decades of neglect, that they need to build ships; then went on to try to figure out how to do it. A major accomplishment, but at the end…

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2012 part 1 – Got Skills?

February 1, 2012

I get the feeling that the Marine industry is, has been, under the constant strain of “noise”, “heat” and “pressure”. Its kind of comforting for us engineer aboard, since this is our career, our kind of environment. We thrive in these conditions, and we are well position to weather the continuous “economic lows” on the prognosticator’s radar screens. Well figuratively speaking anyways. As I have done for a couple of…

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“The envelope please…”

October 20, 2011

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock this past day, you are surely aware that the Canadian government has announced the results of their search for two Canadian shipyard to build major vessels, military and civilian (Coast Guard), for the Canadian government. The Conservative government in June 2010 announced a strategy to get much needed shipbuilding underway under the auspice of the National Ship Procurement Strategy (NSPS). The military “work…

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No holiday in Spain

August 9, 2011

Some of you may have heard of the name, Phil Halliday. If it seems like that name is familiar, but seems from long ago, you are correct, it has been a long time since the name was first mentioned in the media 18 months ago. Phil was a fisherman from Digby, Nova Scotia, who, after a brief voyage to the Caribbean on the retired Coast Guard ship Parizeau, was asked…

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Who’s the busiest person at the Davie Shipyard…

July 22, 2011

…the answer is… its a three way tie between the lawyer’s office, bankruptcy court and the sign shop. That’s a tough call to make! At this point, one might say the sign shop is now the busiest, with the latest twist in the saga of Davie Shipyard in Quebec City. While politician, up until very recently, were extolling the populist virtues of promising even more money to that ferret, Gary…

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Reaching out to the “public”

July 9, 2011

Seaspan recently launched a “Were in it to win it” National Ship Procurement Strategy (NSPS) website. The company aims to get the word out on its advantages, over the other Canadian yards, competing for the federal shipbuilding contracts. The website is very sharp looking and well put together. Seaspan and Irving both opposed the extension on the bid deadline, requested by the other two competitors, Seaway Marine and Davie. Obviously…

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NSPS drumbeats

June 30, 2011

Seems the Canadian Government is being very vocal about their intentions for a fair and open bidding process, when it comes to the National Ship Procurement Strategy. The lobbyist are up at arms by the various statements, the most recent one at a military hardware conference in Ottawa, a few weeks ago, where a government minister “scolded” prospective shipyard competitors to forgo the efforts of lobbyist, on their behalf, to…

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Seaspan might benefit from “Miracle”

May 30, 2011

Now, there is something you don’t see everyday. I can’t remember the last time there was any form of agreement between the two major political parties in British Columbia – or credit given to the opposition in a high profile speech. But it did happen today in Victoria. Newly elected Premier of BC, Christy Clark, used her inaugural speech to lend her’s, and the Liberal Party of BC’s support of…

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